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Prepare Your Garden for Fall and Winter

It's hard to believe that Fall is around the corner in the Bluegrass State! The temperatures are getting cooler and the sun is going down earlier in the day.

Now is the time to start planning and preparing your garden for the colder months ahead. Taking the time to clean up your lawn and garden now will save you time and money when it comes time to plant in the Spring.

Clean Up

Once your plants have died or succumbed to the cold, pull up the stakes or supports. If they're still in good shape, clear off the debris and store them for future use. Rake the garden spot to remove dead leaves and limbs. Pull or dig up old stems and roots. If allowed in your area, burn or discard the debris.

Store

Clean, repair, and put away all lawn furniture. Close down and drain all lawn fountains, sprinklers and hoses before the freezing weather hits. Clean and put away all lawn care tools. After the last use of the year, prep lawn mowers for the winter. Store or cover pots or planters that might crack in the colder temperatures.

Prepare for Spring

To eliminate nuisance plants and vines, spray with a systemic herbicide. It's easier to do now when the leaves are falling, rather than when they're actively growing. You can still plant perrenials if you've got 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes. Gradually reduce the amount of water you give them to harden them off for the winter. Don't feed them now or new growth will die off in the harsh winter temperatures. After the first frost, prune and mulch other perrenials for the winter.

Being diligent about taking care of your lawn and garden now will save you a lot of time in the Spring. What about you? Do you have any tips or tricks to protect your gardens for the colder months?

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